Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art (Hardcover)

Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art By Darsie Alexander, Sam Sackeroff, Julia Voss (Contributions by), Mark Wasiuta (Contributions by) Cover Image

Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art (Hardcover)

By Darsie Alexander, Sam Sackeroff, Julia Voss (Contributions by), Mark Wasiuta (Contributions by)

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A strikingly original exploration of the profound impact of World War II on how we understand the art that survived it

By the end of World War II an estimated one million artworks and 2.5 million books had been seized from their owners by Nazi forces; many were destroyed. The artworks and cultural artifacts that survived have traumatic, layered histories. This book traces the biographies of these objects—including paintings, sculpture, and Judaica—their rescue in the aftermath of the war, and their afterlives in museums and private collections and in our cultural understanding. In examining how this history affects the way we view these works, scholars discuss the moral and aesthetic implications of maintaining the association between the works and their place within the brutality of the Holocaust—or, conversely, the implications of ignoring this history.
 
Afterlives offers a thought-provoking investigation of the unique ability of art and artifacts to bear witness to historical events. With rarely seen archival photographs and with contributions by the contemporary artists Maria Eichhorn, Hadar Gad, Dor Guez, and Lisa Oppenheim, this catalogue illuminates the study of a difficult and still-urgent subject, with many parallels to today’s crises of art in war.

Published in association with the Jewish Museum, New York


Exhibition Schedule:

Jewish Museum, New York
(Opens August 2021)
Darsie Alexander is the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator and Sam Sackeroff is the Lerman-Neubauer Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York.
Product Details ISBN: 9780300250701
ISBN-10: 0300250703
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: June 7th, 2022
Pages: 280
Language: English